Stories: at 40 he understood why he can’t fall in love again and how much a girl’s habit influenced
“I began to feel a gigantic dissatisfaction that I could not put a name to. I left the job I had, I couldn’t bear to continue being in an office, I needed contact with nature”, says Soledad Louzao, 49 years old.
At 34 years old He left everything and went out in search of fulfilling his passion: being in the water. Soledad Louzao is an example of life for those who do not dare to go after their dreams. “I learned not to be ashamed of that Soledad who was in a process of profound change, my daughter’s gaze helped me a lot, who did not judge me and who encouraged me. People thought it was crazy and she was fantastic, she was the only one I listened to”, recalls Louzao who today lives from her work as a professional diver, her passion.
Since she was a little girl she knew she had a special connection with water: in her childhood she used to get frustrated and have tantrums and the only thing that calmed her was filling the bathtub and getting inside. He also has memories of when he traveled with his family to the Argentine coast and once he got into the sea, he stayed for hours and hours. “They couldn’t get me out,” she says between laughs.
Was it something instilled in you by one of your parents or a family passion? The answer is no. “My family never detected what was happening to meThey only knew that I liked music and languages and that’s why they sent me to classes, but they never saw what was happening to me with the water. I don’t even have any relatives who are passionate about swimming, ”he says.
One of the most special moments that she lived in the water was when in the 90’s she traveled with her ex-husband on their honeymoon to the Maldives Islands. Over there He was diving for the first time in his life and this experience “blew his mind”. “I was able to put a name to the sensations that happened to me with the water, why I was crazy about going to the beach, being in the sea, doing water sports,” he highlights.
But that experience was just a kick. Years passed and Louzao had his daughter Esmeralda, she was still married and worked as a customs broker in her own studio. In her words, her life “It was too conventional and had a feeling of absolute emptiness.” As that emptiness progressed inside her, she couldn’t guide herself on what to do to feel full and be happy.
At the time he separated, he left his lifelong job and with Esmeralda almost of legal age, he decided to begin a process of profound changes. “I started to build my path but at first it was hard for me, I started jobs and I realized that over time I stopped liking them. At one time I set up a bike shop, at another a diving school, but being in Buenos Aires was not the same as teaching at sea”, she says.
Along with the fears that were arising from these changes in his life until then “conventional”, Louzao began to travel. He just wanted to be under the sea. He dived in the Red Sea, Thailand, Honduras, Costa Rica and many more idyllic places, but his favorite destination is still the Galapagos Islands; there he swam near turtles, iguanas, sea lions and sharks.
Not everything was rosy, says Soledad: “those around me thought that I was already grown up, that I wasn’t here to try these things. There is an installed prejudice that to do things like that you have to be under 30 years old. I realized that it is good to deconstruct this myth of age and what you are supposed to do with your life at a certain moment”, he advises.
“I lived badly, The days passed me without sorrow or gloryThat’s why when I decided to leave everything and bet on this, I was very sure”, she emphasizes.
She has not had a partner since then, for Soledad, water is the complement of love. “I dive in and feel in love. It is an inexplicable physical sensation, it is the same thing that happened to me when I fell in love with a man and since I made this change I have not felt it for a person again, ”she says.
He had moments of great fear and uncertainty due to the changes he was making, but today he does not regret it. “I only care about what happens today, I don’t think about tomorrow”, it states. Now some time ago she arrived in the city of Búzios in Brazil, she temporarily settled there and got a job as an instructor in a diving school.
His life today is a constant learning, he is still incorporating Portuguese, the Brazilian culture and other challenges. She teaches beginners and tourists to discover the magic of the sea and with other more advanced groups they dive in the depths of the water, near reefs, corals and fish.
He says that in his daily life he meets turtles or fish in different situations, “I recently helped a turtle that was trapped in a fishing net, doing that gives me purpose i feel like i did something important”, he confesses. She is fascinated by this contact with nature, although she makes it clear that she is not always pretty. “Nature is very raw and many things happen under water, animals that eat each other and strong currents. The sea puts its rigor and is respected, that connection with the planet makes me feel alive, “says Soledad.
Regarding diving, Louzao recommends taking into account the following if you want to try diving into the water:
Soledad’s story is inspiring: she cut the strings that tied her to her “other life”, that Soledad was transformed and today she is 100% happier than ten years ago. She was able to fill that void she felt inside of her and lives from what she is passionate about. “I get out of the water and I feel like it was a day won. I am not attached to places because that holds you back, maybe in a moment I will find a place where I want to stay, but for now I want to continue knowing the immensity of the sea”, she concludes.